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Home > Power Up Participant Programme

The Power Up Participant Programme is designed to elevate exciting Black music creators and industry professionals and address barriers for those at crucial career stages.

Creating a long-term network across the UK, each year the Participant Programme will support:

  • 20 x Black music creators
    artists, songwriters, composers and producers who are involved in the creative process and may be working in any genre, based anywhere in the UK
  • 20 x Black executives and industry professionals
    industry professionals working in any sector of the music industry, anywhere in the UK. This includes employees and entrepreneurs, freelancers and self-employed professionals

Click here to see information on Year 1 Participants

Participants will power up through:

  • Grant support of up to £15,000
  • Capacity building and mentoring
  • Access to partners
  • Marketing support 
  • Taking part in the long-term Power Up network

Our Year 2 application process is open from 18th January 2022 and we will accept applications until our deadline which has been extended to 6pm on Wednesday 23rd February 2022.

Should I apply? 

Please note, our Year 2 application process opens from 18th January 2022 with a deadline which has been extended to 6pm on Wednesday 23rd February 2022.  We run annual application processes and will announce the new participants in April.

Have you experienced barriers relating to being a Black music creator or industry professional?

Do you want grant support and to take part in a transformative capacity building programme in order to break down barriers and break through the glass ceiling?

Will Power Up support have a significant impact on your progression?

Power Up supports exceptional talent on the creative side and behind the scenes in the industry, providing opportunities to progress which benefits members of the network and the wider music community. We can help participants to realise their potential and shape the future of music.

Our Year 2 application form is open from 18th January 2022 with a deadline which has been extended to 6pm on Wednesday 23rd February 2022.

We encourage potential applicants to read our full updated guidance pages, watch and listen to existing advice videos and podcasts, and to sign up to advice sessions we will be running before the deadline.  We also recommend checking out our list of Year 1 Participants for an impression of the mix of creators and professionals selected in our first year.

 

What support is on offer? 

Participants will bring their expertise and experiences to the network and will power up through:

  • Grant support of up to £15,000 
  • Capacity building and mentoring
  • Support from and access to partners
  • Marketing and promotional support from the PRS Foundation and Power Up partners

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY READ THE FULL GUIDANCE